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Official gives Congress details on fatal helo attack

Posted February 28, 2014 by Nick Simeone

Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress Feb. 27 no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on…

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Millennium Space Systems opens new 70,000 square-foot headquarters

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Millennium Space Systems executives, employees, business partners, and government officials March 24 celebrated the opening of the company’s “Factory of the New Millennium,” in El Segundo, Calif. The 70,000 square-foot facility will accommodate all of Millennium’s satellite engineering, manufacturing and mission operations activities in addition to 12,000 square-feet of dedicated SCIF space. Strategically located adjacent…

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Improved coating for howitzer spindles to save money, reduce environmental impact

Posted April 7, 2014 by by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army engineers' efforts to implement an improved coating for howitzer breech spindles will provide several benefits -- easing the logistical burden on Soldiers, reducing hazardous waste and saving millions of dollars.

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Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

Posted April 23, 2014 by

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady”…

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Unmanned QF-16 takes flight at Holloman

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by SSgt. E’Lysia Wray An unmanned QF-16 aircraft prepares to participate in a graduation exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 14. The graduation exercise tests the aircraftís capabilities and connectivity to the White Sands Test System at White Sands Missile Range. The unmanned QF-16ís were converted to remotely piloted aircraft…

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Airmen, sailors build Navy mines for B-1 deployment

Posted June 11, 2014 by SrA. Yash Rojas

Airmen at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., partnered with several U.S. Navy minesmen June 2 through 7 during a joint training mission to exercise the B-1B Lancer’s capabilities in deploying Navy mines. The 28th Munitions Squadron members teamed up with midshipmen from the Naval Munitions Command Seal Beach for the first time to assist in building,…

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AFRL launches hypersonic branch at AEDC

Posted July 7, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

The relationship between the Air Force Research Laboratory and Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s hypervelocity capabilities is paying dividends and leading to a more in-depth and scientifically broader collaboration. In light of the success of several joint projects, AFRL leadership has decided to extend the organization’s partnership with AEDC by establishing a new hypersonic research branch,…

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Orion Tests in the Pacific Ocean

Posted August 5, 2014 by Navy photograph by PO1 Corey Green

  Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Navy divers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 11-7, participate in the second underway recovery test for the NASA Orion Program. This is the second at-sea testing for the Orion crew module using a welldeck…

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AEDC and AFRL collaborate to make advances in hypersonic technology

Posted August 25, 2014 by Deidre Ortiz

A highly successful integrated aerodynamic and aerothermal test and analysis of a twin scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise vehicle was completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 facility in White Oak, Md.

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U.S. Navy anti-ship missile displays capability during military exercise

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Navy photograph The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014. The U.S Navy successfully fired multiple Harpoon missiles as part of the joint military exercise, Valiant Shield, demonstrating its effectiveness against modern day threats. A total of six Harpoon missiles,…

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